(NEW YORK) — Dive teams relaunched the search of a partially frozen New Jersey lake Tuesday morning for two missing teenagers who were walking boats across the lake when they fell through the ice Monday night, but officials said the search is now a body-recovery effort instead of a rescue attempt.
Police said the two teens fell through the ice at Budd Lake in Mount Olive Township in Morris County. The search was called off Monday at 9:30 p.m. Police believe the teenagers fell through the ice at around 6:19 p.m., WABC-TV reported.
The Morris County prosecutor’s office Tuesday morning said New Jersey state police have an airboat with divers on the lake in an effort to facilitate the recovery mission. A man sitting on his porch along the shore of Budd Lake Monday evening said he heard calls for help from the partially frozen lake. He said that he walked toward a light, which might have been a cellphone. The man said that he heard two people saying they did not want to die, WABC reported.
The voices, and the light, eventually disappeared.
WABC identified one of the missing teens as 15-year-old Clyde Schimanski III. His father said that, according to witnesses, his son might have died making his own rescue attempt.
“Clyde was out there, and he seen the kid go through the ice,” Clyde Schimanski Jr. said. “And Clyde went to save him on his bicycle. And then they both went in. And then people on the shore heard them screaming. He was a very good child. I’m going to miss him a lot.”
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum indicated in a post on his Facebook page Monday night that the two teenagers were dead.
“I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening. May God bless their families and help ease their pain,” he wrote.
The incident at Budd Lake is the latest in a winter that has seen numerous accidents on lakes across the United States.
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